A Quiet Mind

Meister EckhartThe most powerful prayer, one well nigh omnipotent, and the worthiest work of all is the outcome of a quiet mind. The quieter it is the more powerful, the worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the prayer is. To the quiet mind all things are possible. What is a quiet mind? A quiet mind is one which nothing weighs on, nothing worries, which, free from ties and from all self-seeking, is wholly merged into the will of God and dead as to its own. Such a one can do no deed however small but it is clothed with something of God’s power and authority. – Meister Eckhart

BankeiIf, wishing to realize the Unborn, you people try to stop your thoughts from arising, then by stopping them you divide one mind into two. It’s as if you were pursuing something that’s running away. As long as you deliberately try to stop your thoughts, the thought of trying to stop them wars against the continually arising thoughts themselves, and there’s never an end to it. Just don’t bother with them, and then there’s nothing else they can do but stop. When there’s no one there to fight with, things can’t help but simply come to an end of themselves. – Bankei